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GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs


Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.
Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.
Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they’re triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.
These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

About the Author

Tera Lynn Childs (Authora neo) is a newly discovered species of author fish who always dreamed of being a mermaid, but never got closer than a career as a competitive swimmer. She loves to spend as much time as possible in and around water (right up until her fingertips turn all pruney) in the vain hope that one day her legs will magically turn into fins. When stuck on land, Authora neo can be found writing in coffee shops across the country, prowling for cool mermaid gear on Etsy, and spending way too much time online.


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062001817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062001818


We are first introduced to Gretchen, who is quite busy attending high school during the day and kicking demon butt at night.  Gretchen has pretty much been abandoned by who she thinks are her parents.  Then we meet geeky Grace who knows she is adopted and has a loving family.  Her family moves to San Francisco in order for her to attend a prestigious  private school where her already stellar computer skills can be improved.   Finally, Greer is tracked down after Gretchen and Grace meet and start putting things together after they meet in a nightclub and recognize they look just alike.  Greer has no clue she is adopted by her rich parents and thinks the monsters she has been seeing are some kind of mental breakdown.  All three girls are descended from Medusa and have special gifts.   Each have seen monsters appear during their childhood and how each deals with it is very telling.  Gretchen kicks their butt, Grace pushes the thoughts away while Greer buries them.

The set up for this trilogy is just brilliant and I can't wait until the next one is released next fall.  This is a much more mature book than Childs' other books and probably better suited for teens since there is some violence and language.  Parental control is pretty much on the back burner here as well, but in order for the story to work, it is necessary.  I mean, how can you kick demon butt if you always have to be home in time for dinner?  There is so much empowerment for these three teens and I have my fingers crossed that the next installment will continue to show their growth, both physically and mentally.  I really liked how each one of the triplets is a unique individual, yet still have traits that are common among them.  This promises to be a wonderful trilogy!

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  1. Great review I'm looking forward to reading this one. It sounds really different.

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  2. Thank you for your review. I have seen this title, but have not really known much about Sweet Venom. I think it definitely sounds intriguing.


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